STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 122924-19342 LABEL: Fair Trade Services 736211601995 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-03-16 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Stephen Luff
It was 1992 when Phillips Craig & Dean first appeared on the Christian music scene with their self-titled album. Since this time they have moved toward a more gradual worship style as the number of albums progressed and have maintained a large US fan base and collected many awards. This project is for their new label Fairtrade Services and was produced by the duo Nathan Nockels and Bernie Herms. "When The Stars Burn Down", the first single from the album, paints a stirring musical picture of the end of time with a majestic ballad and has already been a major US Christian radio hit. Tracks elsewhere have something of a Coldplay/U2 anthem feel, like the opener "Great And Glorious", "Speechless" and "Our God Is Here". Worship songs here include the popular church chorus "Great I Am" and David Moore's "Great Great God" alongside heart reaching ballads "Tell Your Heart To Beat Again" and "I Choose To Believe". Well up to the singing pastors' high standards.
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Still going strong after nearly 20 years together, Phillips, Craig & Dean is following up Fearless, one of the most successful albums in their career with Breathe In. This project has a decidedly relevant musical approach wrapped in the rich signature harmonies they are known for.
The songs draw from the long standing writing talents of the group along with writers of the biggest songs performed in the church today. Stand out tracks include When The Star Burn Down, Great I Am, and Our God Is Here.